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The Elevator Net

Sunday, November 18th 2018

An early decision was made to open the elevator net in an area near the bus shelter where lots of Blackbirds and Redwings had been seen feeding on the haw berries.  It was a team task to ensure that everything was correctly positioned before the nets were raised high.

Raising the elevator net

The pulley system was used to get the net to the top of the poles.

Raising the net

Apologies for the photo, which makes the net pole look at an angle but I can assure you it was not!

Completed elevator nets

As the net rounds were carried out Redwing and Blackbirds were returned from this net.  We think that some of the Blackbirds ringed were migrants, due to their much larger size and darker hue.

Blackbird

At the other end of the scale Goldcrests were also ringed.

Goldcrest

Looking out of the kitchen window, along with Coal, Blue and Great Tits there is often a Marsh Tit feeding. We caught some of these today also.

Marsh Tit

During the early afternoon the sky was blue showing the Scrapes in their full autumnal colours.

The Scrapes

No wind was ideal for reflections on the lake.

 

Reflections in the lake

At the end of the day the elevator net had to be taken down and again a team was needed for this task.

Taking down the elevator net

As the bird ringing team headed back to the Field Centre to tidy up the sky had a hint of pink.

An evening sky

A good day with a variety of species of birds to ring.  Several visitors spent time in the ringing room..  Many thanks to everyone who was involved today.


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